January 30, 2022
Future Ready Wildcats
De Soto High School staff and students endeavor to model the following core values:
INTEGRITY, INQUIRY, COMMUNICATION, PERSEVERANCE, and REFLECTION.
Wildcats and Families,
Congratulations to the DHS Scholars’ Bowl Team! They went undefeated (10-0) in competition, successfully defending their title as United Kansas Conference Champions. The team included: Sara Murphy, Alex Boresow, Nic Weaver, Carson Klover, Waverly Altis, and Abby O’Donnell. Great job, team!
We want to share that Alexis Eberth, Phillip Hamilton, and Junelle Woolery were nominated for the Making a Difference Award for the month of December! The nomination window is currently OPEN for January and February. We encourage families and staff to complete this form for ANY USD 232 staff member that has made a difference in their lives. Making a Difference Nomination Form. Thank you for your assistance in recognizing our amazing staff!
DHS will be hosting Future Wildcat Night for current 8th-grade students and parents on February 9th, 2022 from 6-8 pm. We will begin the evening with an extra/co-curricular and club Activity Fair from 6-7 pm. Current DHS students will also be on hand to provide school tours. Academic transition presentations will begin at 7 pm, and parents and students are encouraged to attend the presentation location based on the last name of the student. Please park on the north side of the building end enter the Activity Entrance.
Student Last Names:
- A-G – Student Union with Abby Huggins and Crissy Johns
- H-N – Main Gymnasium with Ryan Johnson and Lindsay Hothan
- O-Z – Theater with Leah Vomhof and Kaitlin Britt
The week of February 14th is Winter Homecoming week at DHS. On Wednesday, February 16th our Pep Assembly will take place during the school day. The basketball games take place on February 18th in the evening. The dance is scheduled for February 19th from 8:00 PM -11:00 PM. The theme is ‘Hollywood Nights’. The dress for this event is semi-formal.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 16th, and Thursday, February 17th. Each Seminar teacher will send families information on January 31st about conference appointment sign-up. The focus and format for Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences will include a student lead discussion regarding their Individual Plan of Study with their parent and Seminar teacher. We encourage parents to reach out to specific teachers for times to discuss other classroom concerns.
If an in-person conference is needed, please reach out to your student’s teachers. We look forward to the opportunity to connect with you to discuss student progress.
Thanks, and have a great week.
KSHSAA State Debate
Eight students went to the KSHSAA State Debate tournament in Wichita in both the 2-speaker and 4-speaker divisions.
Our 4-speaker team of Nic Weaver, Cael Province, Brooklynne Clark, and Tyler Gillespie placed 4th overall. This is the best 4-speaker placement in DHS school history and accomplished by second-year debaters nonetheless!
Student Behavior: Bullying
This is a reminder that during Skyward enrollment, students sign an anti-bullying statement. We would like to remind parents of that and ask that you speak with your student about treating others the way they would want to be treated. A copy of our district and school policy on anti-bullying is in our Student Handbook, which is in the front of students’ agendas and also posted on our website here.
USD 232 is a place where the business of education can be conducted in a welcoming environment free of intimidation, violence, and fear. This setting provides an educational climate that fosters a spirit of acceptance and care of every child. It is a place where behavioral expectations are clearly communicated, consistently enforced, and fairly applied.
As a student at De Soto High School, I agree to:
Value student differences and treat others with respect. Not become involved in bullying incidents or be a bully.
Be aware of the school’s policies and support system with regard to bullying. Report honestly and immediately all incidents of bullying to a faculty member.
Be alert in places around the school where there is less adult supervision, such as bathrooms, corridors, and stairwells.
Support students who have been or are subjected to bullying.
Talk to teachers and parents about concerns and issues regarding bullying.
Work with other students and faculty, to help the school deal with bullying effectively.
Encourage teachers to discuss bullying issues in the classroom.
Provide a good role model for younger students and support them if bullying occurs.
Participate fully and contribute to assemblies dealing with bullying.
KMEA All-State Instrumental Auditions
De Soto once again had a great showing this past Saturday at the KMEA All-State Instrumental Auditions. All 6 students were accepted into the following groups. Congratulations and we couldn't be more proud!!!
KMEA 5-6 A All State Band
Ryan Handley - 1st Chair Bari Sax
Aidan Hamer - 2nd Chair Trombone
Kellan Flynn - 4th Chair Tuba
KMEA All-State Jazz
Nic Weaver - 1st Chair Trumpet
KMEA All-State Orchestra
Cole Bichelmeyer - 5th Chair Trumpet
Jacob Dority - 2nd Chair Trombone
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Varsity Boys Swimming
Boys Varsity Bowling finishes 1st place
Varsity Boys Bowling break DHS School Record with the win of 2,707 pins, 225 average!!!
Reminder of updated Covid-19 exclusion guidelines
Note from the Counselors:
Senior Scholarship Information:
Now is a good time to start looking for scholarships for college. If you haven’t already done so please check out the DHS Student Services site: https://www.usd232.org/Page/3287. Click on the Financial Aid/Scholarship tab. Scholarships for DHS seniors only will be posted in January/February. General scholarships are updated on a regular basis so check the page often.
FAFSA Application Open for the 2022-23 School Year:
In October the 22-23 FAFSA application opened. This is used to determine financial aid which comes in the form of grants or scholarships. It is also used for parents/students to qualify for loans to help subsidize the cost of college. For more information on financial aid go to: https://studentaid.gov/
Individual Plan of Study (IPS):
Every DHS student will have a completed Individual Plan of Study upon graduating from De Soto High School. Students complete different IPS lessons approximately twice each month during seminar. Xello is the platform for IPS and contains all kinds of important information, specific to each student including career matches, personality styles, skills, interests, saved colleges, saved careers, scholarships, etc. Students will review their IPS with their seminar teacher and their parents during spring conferences. This video gives a short summary of why IPS is important and gives students/parents an idea of what is to be expected.
Social-Emotional Lessons (SEL):
DHS seminars are now including SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) activities to help provide tools and resources for students. Upcoming topics include: analyzing emotions, goal setting, perseverance, and managing responses to emotions. The overall health and well-being of our students are important to us. If you are ever concerned about another student or your own, please don’t hesitate to reach out to their counselor or the social worker.
Resources from CollegeBoard:
DHS Student Services Scholarship Page (updated frequently)
DHS Counselors and Social Worker
Crissy Johns (A-G): CJohns@usd232.org
Lindsay Hothan (H-N): LHothan@usd232.org
Kaitlin Britt (O-Z): KBritt@usd232.org
Joe Kordalski (Social Worker): Rkordalski@usd232.org
Kansas Compulsory Attendance Statutes
Regular attendance is required of all pupils enrolled in elementary and secondary school under Kansas compulsory attendance statutes. It is a parental responsibility under Kansas statutes to require the regular school attendance “of any child who has reached the age of seven (7) years and is under the age of eighteen (18) years,” unless the child is exempted by statute.
District Policy for Excused Absences
The State of Kansas delegates to the Board of Education the responsibility of determining reasons for excusable absences.
The following are reasons for excusable absence:
1. Personal illness. A physician’s note will be required for chronic absenteeism.
2. Serious illness or death of a member of the family or close friend.
3. Obligatory religious observance of the student’s own faith.
4. Participation in a school-approved activity.
5. Physician or dentist appointments that can be verified by appointment card.
6. Court appearance that can be verified through court services’ officer.
7. Verifiable, emergency situations requiring immediate action at the request of the parent. Limit of five.
8. An absence that has been requested in writing and approved in advance by the building administrator.
Parents will be notified after five, and then again after ten absences making them aware of their student’s attendance record. A student who is absent from class or school without an excusable reason, as outlined above, will be considered unexcused. An unexcused absence for one or more classes will receive disciplinary consequences and credit may not be given for missed classes.
Procedure for reporting absences
1. Parents or legal guardians are requested to call the 24-hour attendance voice mail line (913- 667-6259) on the day of the absence. If a call is not received the day after the absence, the absence may be considered unexcused.
2. A telephone call will be required each day the student is absent unless prior arrangements have been made.
3. When reporting an absence, the parent or guardian should give the following information: • His or her name and relationship to student • student’s name and grade in school (please spell the name) • reason for absence • the date and hours of absence
4. Upon returning to school the day following an absence, the student should go directly to class. If there is a question about the absence, the Main Office will contact the student.
5. If a student leaves the school building during the school day, the student must sign out with the Main Office. Students must sign in at the Main Office upon returning to school that day or arriving at school after the school day begins, even if returning or leaving during a passing period. Failure to properly sign in or out could result in the student’s absence being marked as unexcused.
Children's Mercy Hospitals Prepped and Ready Series
DHS families, Children’s Mercy Hospitals have graciously kept the Prepped and Ready: Experts Edition video series open for the community!
As a reminder, the series is a collection of 3-5 minute videos addressing difficult topics that pertain to raising teens. It takes less than an hour to watch the videos and complete the research surveys. The content touches on a variety of topics, but a major focus is empowering parents with tools to prevent suicides in our community.
Excerpts from the videos are below, and showcase a variety of speakers from CMH and our community:
Intro to Prepped and Ready Trailer - https://youtu.be/ECsW7XbsSqo
Prepped and Ready Impulsivity Trailer - https://youtu.be/TnJcmzcIGLc
Prepped and Ready Asking Tough Questions Trailer - https://youtu.be/O-uvmB8xlhg
Prepped and Ready Ingestions Trailer - https://youtu.be/D_sP7PyQZV8
Prepped and Ready Vaping Trailer - https://youtu.be/34r5_xOIKCg
Prepped and Ready Safe Storage Trailer - https://youtu.be/24SPNXfHAGE
Prepped and Ready Eating Disorders Trailer - https://youtu.be/6k6n_DYP0IA
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